Orocobre
Leadership

Robert Hubbard

ROBERT HUBBARD  (BA (Hons), FCA)

Non-Executive Chairman

Robert was appointed a Director in November 2012 and appointed Chairman in July 2016. Robert was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers for over 20 years until 2013. During his time as a PwC partner, he served as auditor and adviser for some of Australia’s largest resource companies with activities throughout Australia, Papua New Guinea, West Africa and South America. His experience has covered a range of commodities including base metals, gold, oil and gas and thermal and metallurgical coal.

Robert is a Non-Executive Director of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited and Chairman of Healius Limited (formerly Primary Health Care Limited).

Robert is currently Chair of the Remuneration and Related Party Committees.

Martín Pérez de Solay

MARTÍN PÉREZ DE SOLAY (I.ENG)

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Martín was appointed to the Orocobre Board as Managing Director on 18 January 2019. At the same time, Martín formally commenced his duties as Chief Executive Officer (see ASX announcement dated 18 January 2019).

Martín is a qualified industrial engineer with a career spanning engineering, operational improvement, banking, finance and executive management. Prior to joining Orocobre Limited, Martín was the President and CEO of Petroleos Sudamericanos, an oil and gas producer operating in Argentina and Colombia. Martín joined Petroleos Sudamericanos in 2011 and since that time has established new operations, acquired assets, led major stakeholder management initiatives and was responsible for implementing a significant operational improvement programme responding to the falling oil price.

Prior to 2011, Martín was CFO and head of Corporate Development of GeoPark, a successful oil and gas operator with assets in Argentina and Chile. Martín was a key member of the Geopark executive team that established its asset base and subsequently listed the company on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM).

Martín joined Geopark from Citigroup where he had spent a decade in the institutional, corporate and restructuring activities of the bank, importantly through the difficult economic times at the turn of the century.

Martín is a qualified industrial engineer from the Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires and has completed management programmes at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard and Austral University, Argentina.

Richard Seville

RICHARD P. SEVILLE  (BSc (Hons) Mining Geology, MEngSc Rock Engineering, MAusIMM, ARSM)

Non-Executive Director

Richard is a mining geologist and geotechnical engineer and has over 35 years’ experience in the resources sector including 25 years as either Managing Director or Executive Director of various ASX, TSX or AIM listed companies.

Richard managed Orocobre’s growth from an explorer to become a successful producer of lithium carbonate at the Olaroz project, the first new major producer from brine in 20 years. Richard was instrumental in negotiating the Toyota Tsusho Joint Venture in 2010.

After 12 years at the helm Richard recently stepped down from the position of Orocobre’s Managing Director & CEO in January 2019, a position he had held since pre-IPO. He remains on the Board as a Non-Executive Director.

He is a graduate of Imperial College London and James Cook University in North Queensland and holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Mining Geology and a Master of Engineering Science in Rock Engineering.

In June 2019 Richard was appointed Chairperson of Agrimin Limited, an Australian fertiliser development company.

Richard is a member of the Related Party Committee.

John Gibson

JOHN W. GIBSON, JR.  (BSc Geology, MSc Geology)

Non-Executive Director

John was appointed a Director in March 2010. John is a recognised leader in the energy technology and services industry with more than 25 years of global energy experience. John is currently Chairman, Energy Technology for Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Company – an energy focused investment and merchant bank headquartered in Houston, Texas.

John was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Tervita Corporation, a major Canadian environmental and oil field services company. Prior to joining Tervita, John served as Chief Executive Officer of an enterprise software solutions company serving oil and gas industry clients and has held senior positions with the Halliburton Group of Companies, most recently as President of Halliburton’s Energy Services Group. John is a Director for Bluware Inc. and a member of the University of Houston Energy Advisory Committee, visiting committee of the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, and the National Board of KickStart Kids.

John holds a Bachelor of Science from Auburn University and a Master of Science from the University of Houston and is a member of several professional societies.

John is a member of the Audit Committee and the Related Party Committee.

 Fernando Oris de Roa

FERNANDO ORIS DE ROA (MPA, Harvard Kennedy School of Government)

Non-Executive Director

Fernando was appointed a Director in June 2010. Fernando is a highly successful business leader with a history of developing and operating large enterprises within Argentina and has a reputation for upholding integrity and social responsibility in his business practices. He began his career in 1970 with large trading company Continental Grain, working in the USA, Spain, Switzerland, Brazil and Argentina eventually rising through the ranks to be responsible for all of Latin America. As Chief Executive of S.A. San Miguel, Fernando was widely credited with turning the company into the largest and most profitable lemon products company in the world. The process of restructuring included listing S.A. San Miguel on the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange in 1997.

Fernando was Chief Executive and significant shareholder of Avex S.A. from 2004 to 2012. He has also held the role of Director of Patagonia Gold Ltd. He holds a Master of Public Administration from The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Fernando is a member of the Audit Committee and the Related Party Committee.

Federico Nicholson

FEDERICO NICHOLSON (LLB)

Non-Executive Director

Federico was appointed a Director in September 2010. Federico has been a member of the Board of Ledesma, a diversified Argentine agro-industrial producer since 1991 until September last year, also serving as Executive Director until June 2014.

He was Chairman of CEADS (Consejo Empresario Argentino para el Desarrollo Sustentable), an Argentinian local division of WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development), President of Argentine North Regional Center and President of Chacra Experimental Agricola Santa Rosa for 19 years respectively, Vice President of the Argentine Pulp and Paper Association, Deputy Secretary of the Food Industries Association, and Vice President of the Argentine Corn Starch and Syrups Chamber, Vice President of the Argentine Industrial Union (UIA) for fourteen consecutive years (1999 – 2013), and President of the National Industrial Movement.

He is currently President and main shareholder of La Payana SA, a company that produces cattle, grains and pigs in the Province of Buenos Aires.

Federico is a lawyer graduated from the National University of Buenos Aires.

Federico is a member of the Remuneration Committee and the Related Party Committee.

Leanne Heywood

LEANNE HEYWOOD  (BBUS MBA CPA AICD)

Non-Executive Director

Leanne was appointed a Director in September 2016. Leanne is an executive and leader with over 25 years corporate experience in the mining sector, including 10 years with Rio Tinto. Her experience includes strategic marketing, business finance and compliance and she has led organisational restructures, disposals and acquisitions.

Additionally, she has had significant experience in complex cross-cultural negotiations and international customer and stakeholder relationship management (including governments, communities and investment partners). Leanne holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Charles Sturt University and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Director’s and CPA Australia.

Leanne is a Non-Executive Director for Midway Limited, Quickstep Holdings Limited, the Australian Meat Processor Corporation and is a member of the NSW Council for Women’s Economic Opportunity. Leanne was named 2019 NSW Business Woman of the Year.

Leanne is Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Related Party Committee and Remuneration Committee.

Masaharu Katayama

MASAHARU KATAYAMA  (BA (ME))

Non-Executive Director

Masaharu was appointed a Director in April 2018 following the strategic placement of Orocobre shares to TTC, under the terms of which TTC is entitled to appoint a representative to the Orocobre Board of Directors (see ASX announcement 16 January 2018).

Masaharu’s experience includes risk management, resource development and marketing strategy development with exposure to a variety of industries throughout India, Canada, Morocco, France, Vietnam and Japan.

Masaharu holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Kobe University. He has been working for TTC since 2005 and is currently COO for Metal Resources SBU Metal Division.

Hersen Porta

HERSEN PORTA  (C.ENG)

Chief Operations Officer

Hersen was appointed Chief Operating Officer in September 2019. Hersen is a qualified chemical engineer graduating from Universidad Tecnológica Nacional in Rosario City, Argentina. He completed his studies when Cabot Corporation sponsored him to attend an Executive Management Program at Babson College in Massachusetts, USA. Hersen was born and educated in Argentina and has a career spanning 30 years in the chemicals industry.

With 28 years at the Dow Chemical Company, Hersen moved from initial engineering roles to site management and Operations Director roles. Since 2015 he held the role of General Manager and President of Cabot Corporation in Argentina. This wide variety of roles has provided experience not only in Argentina, but also Canada and Brazil with industry leading international companies.

Hersen has led operational excellence programs and is a leader in safety management. He has significant experience in process engineering, production, process control and quality performance. Additionally, he has been involved with the commissioning of several new plants which will be invaluable experience as the Olaroz Stage 2 Expansion is completed.

Neil Kaplan

NEIL KAPLAN  (BAcc, CA)

Chief Financial Officer & Joint Company Secretary

Neil was appointed Chief Financial Officer in January 2013 and Company Secretary in July 2013. Neil is a Chartered Accountant and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Company with over 25 years of experience in managerial and finance positions obtained on four different continents.

Neil’s experience in the resources sector was attained working in executive financial roles for Glencore and formerly TSX listed company Coalcorp Mining, both based in Colombia. Neil holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and is a member of both the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CA ANZ) and South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).

Rick Anthon

RICK ANTHON  (BA LLB)

Corporate Development Manager, General Counsel & Joint Company Secretary

Rick joined Orocobre in 2015. Rick is a lawyer with over 30 years’ experience in both corporate and commercial law practicing exclusively in the resource sector. He has worked both as a Director and adviser to numerous resource companies and has extensive project planning, acquisition and development, capital raising and corporate governance skills.

David Hall

DAVID HALL  (BBus Mgt (Mktg))

Marketing Director

David has extensive business management, market development, marketing and logistics experience in domestic and international chemical and industrial mineral markets across a wide range of products and geographies.

Prior to joining Orocobre, he worked for 19 years in a number of executive roles with ICI Australia and Orica Australia and subsequently with Queensland Magnesia.

David holds a Bachelor of Business Management (Marketing) degree from the Queensland University of Technology.

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